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World Water Day: don't kill off our wetlands

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Rachel Siewert 21 Mar 2007

News that the South Australian Government has plans to cut water flows to wetlands underlines the scale of water mismanagement throughout the Murray Darling Basin, according to Senator Rachel Siewert.

"It is inconceivable that this action is being considered on the eve of World Water Day - the Greens do not want to see wetlands killed off to support unsustainable land use practices," said Senator Siewert.

"These wetlands survived the Federation Droughts and the terrible dry years of the 1940s. Since then we've seen decades of over allocation. Even now the Federal Government is stalling buying out water licences from willing sellers, and waiting until other parts of the plan have been developed. This is unacceptable," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"The Greens want to see this buyback commence immediately so that environmental flows can be returned to the Murray Darling. Instead of stalling for time we don't have, the Government should be acting now."

"If water isn't delivered to some of our threatened wetlands soon, the ecological loss could be irreversible."

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